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Train car catches fire in Georgetown

Posted at 7:57 AM, Oct 21, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — A train fire in Georgetown led to a fuel spill just after midnight. It happened at the railroad crossing at Rogers Gap Road and Sims Pike.

We're told that someone passing by noticed the fire and called it in. When officials arrived, they found a single car on fire, that was hauling corn syrup. 600 gallons of fuel leaked out as a result.

The train is owned by Norfolk, who has been notified. Norfolk and emergency management officials are cleaning up the fuel.

“They may take most of the day to dig up the rocks and remove the fuel, but it will be completely isolated from people,” said Scott County EMA Director Michael Hennigan. “They'll just be here in this location digging it up."

There were only two people on board, the engineer and the conductor, and there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.